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LET THE CHILDREN PLAY: Why the United States Needs Finnish Schools

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A conversation about Finnish and American school systems with William Doyle and Dr. Michael Hynes.

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LET THE CHILDREN PLAY: Why the United States Needs Finnish Schools (and Chinese Kindergartens)

A conversation with William Doyle, co-author of "Let the Children Play," and Dr. Michael Hynes, Superintendent of New York State's Port Washington School District.

The Economist ranks Finland's schools as #1 in the world for preparing children for the future, and just-released OECD PISA data ranks Finland's schools as #1 for learning productivity, neighborhood school quality, and student resilience and well-being. In an age when American education reform based on student stress and standardized testing has clearly failed, does the United States need Finland-style schools (and Chinese kindergartens)? These two experts, both public school dads who have studied Finland's schools, say an emphatic yes.

What do you think? Join us to discuss the future of childhood education.

Dr. Michael Hynes works as a public school superintendent of schools for the Port Washington School District, Fulbright Specialist and an associate professor of education and leadership on Long Island, NY. His mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. He emphasizes the importance of play, recess in schools, mental health and yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. Dr. Hynes is a former assistant superintendent, principal and teacher.

Hynes is also a public school advocate, TEDx and keynote speaker and has published numerous articles and featured on several podcasts and articles on school leadership. Hynes has focused his work on transforming schools by tapping into Potential Based Education, which focuses on the significance of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development for students as well as developing strategic plans for school buildings and school districts. Dr. Hynes educates the masses on global school initiatives and universal best practices. He has studied and worked with the Finnish school system.

Hynes received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Bethany College and his doctorate in educational administration from Dowling College. He has undergone professional training to integrate organizational learning and school leadership into programs at New York University, Stony Brook University and Harvard University. Dr. Hynes has been awarded the “Friend of Education Award” and the “Distinguished Leadership Award” by Phi Delta Kappa as well as numerous other awards related to leadership.

William Doyle is co-author with Finnish global education expert Pasi Sahlberg of "Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive", published by Oxford University Press.

Doyle is a New York Times bestselling author, a TV producer for networks including The History Channel and PBS, and a New York City public school father.

Since 2015 he has served as a Fulbright Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Fellow, scholar in residence at Finland’s largest teacher training university, and advisor to the Ministry of Education of Finland, which was recently named by the Economist as the #1 nation in the world for preparing children for the future, is the #1 school system in the world in the latest rankings of the World Economic Forum and UNICEF, and in the just-released PISA report by the OECD was ranked #1 in student well-being and resilience, learning productivity, and neighborhood school quality.

The Economist ranks Finland's schools as #1 in the world for preparing children for the future, and just-released OECD PISA data ranks Finland's schools as #1 for learning productivity, neighborhood school quality, and student resilience and well-being. In an age when American education reform based on student stress and standardized testing has clearly failed, does the United States need Finland-styleschools (and Chinese kindergartens)? These two experts, both publicschool dads who have studied Finland's schools, say an emphatic yes.

What do you think? Join us to discuss the future of childhood education.

The event includes:

  • Reception
  • A conversation between Doyle and Hynes
  • Q & A

You will also have a chance to get your own signed copy of William Doyle's book after the event.

This event is presented by Finland Center Foundation and Consulate General of Finland. Admission is free, but donations to support the cultural work of Finland Center Foundation are appreciated.

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